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Brasserie Montmartre Shutters; Whiskey Library Launches New Bar

Brasserie Montmartre
Brasserie Montmartre
Dina Avila

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DOWNTOWN — Brasserie Montmartre, a Portland institution since 1978, will close its doors for good — for the third time. Once upon a time it was a popular late-night jazz club. But Portland's tastes changed and it closed in 2006. It was revived in 2009, shuttered in 2011, and was brought back to life again as a solid, classic, French brasserie. But ownership change resulted in a wayward menu and it fell off the culinary map.

HAWTHORNE — Bend-based Next Level Burger is taking the fast food burger chain concept and giving it a vegan overhaul. After opening in Bend over the summer, they're already in the process of opening location #2 in Portland, with plans to double their outlets every year and spread across the country. The SE Hawthorne location aims to open by July.

WEST END — Multnomah Whiskey Library is as known for its epic whiskey collection and impeccable drinks made tableside, as it is for its interminable wait. Previously patrons had to stand around in the hallway while waiting for a table, but now the owners are giving them a place to go by launching a downstairs street-level bar called The Green Room. It will focus on aperitifs and wine as a preamble to the main attraction upstairs.

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